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Learn how to relax on ‘National Relaxation Day’

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(WKOW) — Wednesday is National Relaxation Day and to mark the occasion the Wake Up Wisconsin team got a lesson in relaxation.

UW Health Psychologist Dr. Shilagh Mirgain said about 40 percent of Americans are not getting enough sleep due to the many stressors in our lives, including technology. We should be getting between seven and nine hours a night. 

"Sleep helps restore our body, builds our energy and we actually process and download information," she said.

There are things we can do to relax before we hit the hay that will ensure that we get good, uninterrupted sleep.

  • Make sleep a priority 
  • Practice sleep hygiene
  • Limit screen time before bed
  • Relax your body
  • Calm the mind

Dr. Mirgain explained a technique she recommends to her patients called progressive muscle relaxation. 

"Lie down or make yourself comfortable. Starting with your feet, tense the muscles tightly. Hold for several seconds as you breathe in, and then as you breathe out to let that tension go, allowing the muscles to become as relaxed as possible. Continue to do this for every muscle group in your body, working your way up from your feet to the top of your head."

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